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DHS Expands Use of Expedited Removal

By |2019-07-25T14:48:55-04:00July 25th, 2019|Immigration|

On July 23, 2019, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule that dramatically increases the ability of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers to remove certain noncitizens from the country. Those subject to such expedited removal will not even be given the opportunity to see an immigration [...]

ICE Raids Scheduled to Begin on Sunday

By |2019-07-12T11:24:23-04:00July 12th, 2019|Immigration|

Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants have been scheduled to begin Sunday, but the final details of these raids remain uncertain. The operation was previously postponed. What is going to happen? The raids, conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over multiple days, will include “collateral” deportations.  This means that, the authorities might [...]

H-1B Cap Reached within 5 days, Reflects Serious Need for Foreign Professionals in U.S.

By |2019-07-12T06:43:47-04:00April 16th, 2019|Immigration|

USCIS has once again received more than enough applications within the first 5 days of the fiscal year 2020 filing period to reach the annual cap of 85,000 H-1B visas. The agency received 201,011 petitions this year, a 6% increase from last fiscal year. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) believes that the high number [...]

Exit of Homeland Security Secretary Signals Tougher Direction on Immigration Policy

By |2019-07-12T06:46:46-04:00April 9th, 2019|Immigration|

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned from her position last Sunday. Subsequently, the Trump administration continued its leadership purge of the Department of Homeland Security and removed Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles the next day. This series of ousters is a result of the President’s plan to follow a “tougher direction” on immigration. What [...]

Threats of Border Closure Causes Fears of Dire Economic Consequences

By |2019-07-12T06:48:14-04:00April 4th, 2019|Immigration|

In response to a surge of Central American migrants seeking asylum last weekend, President Trump threatened to close all ports of entry along the southern U.S. border. In light of the Department of Homeland Security’s declaration of an “Category 5 immigration crisis” at the border, the President’s threat sparked widespread fears of dire economic consequences [...]

USCIS is Prime Example of Administrative Inefficiency

By |2019-03-04T11:12:43-04:00March 4th, 2019|Immigration|

Under the current administration, case processing delays at USCIS has reached unprecedented levels. According to a study by AILA, USCIS’s overall average case processing time grew by 19% in 2018 alone. Immigrant families, people fleeing persecutions as well as American businesses all bear the grave consequences of such delay.   What is the government’s excuse? [...]

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Overlooked in Immigration Policy Debate

By |2019-02-14T09:26:24-04:00February 13th, 2019|Immigration|

The government is set for another shutdown this Friday.  As Congress and the White House continue to wrangle over a border wall, no one seems to pay much attention to a significant group in the immigration policy debate: immigrant entrepreneurs.   How do immigrants matter to the U.S. economy? According to the National Immigration Forum, [...]

Asylum Seekers Gravely Stymied by Government Shutdown

By |2019-01-14T15:43:36-04:00January 14th, 2019|Immigration|

Asylum seekers are among the worst casualties in the government shutdown that has exacerbated the nation’s already-backlogged immigration system. Due to President Trump’s demand for a border wall, the federal government is currently in the longest partial shutdown on record. The impasse is forcing the postponement of hearings for thousands of immigrants. For asylum applicants, [...]

What Happens to Immigration During a Government Shutdown?

By |2018-12-27T12:22:15-04:00December 27th, 2018|Immigration|

As President Trump refuses to sign a budget bill that does not include funding for his border wall, there is a government shutdown in effect right now.   Which immigration-related entities are impacted?   Department of Homeland Security and its immigration-related components (Custom and Border Protection, Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, CIS Ombudsman), the [...]

Asylum Rejections Record-High in 2018 Amid Immigration Crackdown

By |2019-07-12T06:50:19-04:00December 4th, 2018|Immigration|

Immigration courts denied an astounding 65% of asylum applications in 2018, according to a recent report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).  This denial rate is the highest since 2001.   Asylum Caseload has Skyrocketed in 2018. TRAC reported 42,224 asylum cases that were decided by immigration judges in the fiscal year 2018.  [...]